If you read this blog with any regularity, then you know that just yesterday, I wrote a short tutorial on how to make pizza dough the easy way. Wondering what to do with that fabulously easy and tasty pizza dough you made? Make pizza! Today I will show you how to make pizza: Really, it’s easy!
1. If you have a pizza peel (and I highly recommend getting one if you plan to make pizza with any regularity), sprinkle it generously with cornmeal. Yes, the Auntie Anne’s At-Home Baking Kit will recommend you use flour, but trust me, you want to use cornmeal. NO, your pizza will NOT taste like cornbread, don’t worry.
2. Take the dough ball you learned about in yesterday’s post on how to make pizza dough the easy way and roll it out on your pizza peel (or cutting board or pizza pan) until it at least roughly resembles a circle.
In case you are wondering, no, those are not my hands. They belong to my husband.
3. Take 12 ounces of your favorite pizza sauce (homemade or store-bought, whatever tickles your fancy) and spoon it onto your dough circle, also now known as a pizza crust. Just use the back of a spoon to spread it evenly, trying not to get it on the edges of the crust.
4. Sprinkle on about 2 cups (8 ounces) of mozzarella cheese. again taking care not to get too much on the edges of the pizza crust.
5. Add your favorite pizza toppings. Black olives are a BIG hit with me and my kids, but the hubby doesn’t like them. My 4-year-old son was very good about sprinkling the olive slices evenly. My nearly-2-year-old son went with the Julia Child school of thought: “A slice for the pizza, a slice for me. A slice for the pizza, a slice for me.” It was very funny! Anyway, my husband put pepperoni on his half, although I happen to love pepperoni too, so it’s not all for him. Again, the kids enjoyed putting on the toppings, so I definitely recommend this as a family activity!
6. If you are making your pizza on a pizza stone or pizza bricks, you will have been heating them in your oven at 400 degrees F during the pizza assembly process; if you are just cooking on a rack, your oven should still be at 400 degrees F by now. Slide your pizza off the peel onto your stone/bricks/rack, making sure the kids are a good distance away from the oven. Mine know they have to “stay on the carpet” in the next room when we have the oven open. Bake your pizza 20-25 minutes, until the cheese starts to bubble and the bottom crust is crisp. Ours looked like this:
This pizza was soooo delicious! The crust was almost a little bit sweet, had great texture, and was really easy to make (see my post from yesterday on how to make pizza dough the easy way for complete details).
Now that you know how to make pizza, please tell me: What’s your favorite pizza topping?
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You know what other pizza you can make with an Auntie Anne’s Baking Kit, Dessert Pizza! Fun and yummy.